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SQLAndy

I'm Andy Warren, currently a SQL Server trainer with End to End Training. Over the past few years I've been a developer, DBA, and IT Director. I was one of the original founders of SQLServerCentral.com and helped grow that community from zero to about 300k members before deciding to move on to other ventures.

Publicizing Mistakes

I was reading Our Journey to Cloud Cadence, Lessons Learned at Microsoft Developer Division  and saw this bit on transparency:

“No incident is done until we have captured and communicated the learning from it. We use the “5 Whys” to capture the multiple perspectives on what can be done better…

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Posted in SQLAndy on 16 June 2015

Working With Sponsors

Apologies for the poor photo, the example was trampled a bit on the journey home! This past weekend at SQLSaturday South Florida they put these out on the table prior to the end of the day raffle and wrap up. It’s a half sheet of yellow 8.5×11 paper, directions on… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 15 June 2015

Marketing Materials for PASS Chapters

I brought this back with me from SQLSaturday South Florida. It’s postcard sized and laminated, and information dense in a good way. It feels like something that would be kept far more than a paper flyer or a business card. Might be interesting to make it magnetic to get it… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 15 June 2015

Notes From SQLSaturday #379

Notes from the trip:

  • Made the trip down without stopping and without getting stuck in traffic – a first!
  • Attended speaker dinner on Fri night. Nice location, service was slow. I don’t understand how they reserve space for large parties and then fail to staff for it
  • Good signs to…

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Posted in SQLAndy on 15 June 2015

Notes on the June 11, 2015 ONETUG Meeting

I attended the monthly ONETUG meeting last night to do a SQL presentation focused on developers. Same location as last year, the main library downtown. About 20 attendees this time. I chatted with a few people before things go started, including one who was trying to return to IT after… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 12 June 2015

SSC Editorial: Should Salary Information Be Confidential?

I’m expecting Should Salary Information Be Confidential? to draw a wide range of comments. I’m curious to see if many will be fear based or if there are good reasons for keeping it a secret (aside from whatever legal constraints might exist).

Look at it a different way. Imagine you… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 5 June 2015

Notes From The May 2015 oPASS Meeting

Really late posting these, forgot to put on my task list!

  • About 20 attendees
  • Lots of good questions, and I saw quite a new faces (or not recent ones) attending. That’s good and bad I guess. I worry that we’re drawing people solely based on the topic/speaker and not because…

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Posted in SQLAndy on 3 June 2015

Im Attending SQLSaturday #379 in South Florida on June 13, 2015

It’s almost summer and that means it’s time for a trip to South Florida for SQLSaturday #379.  I’ll be doing my presentation on Learning Plans, trying to meet the speakers I don’t know yet (quite a few), doing some learning of my own, and staying over until Sunday to enjoy… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 2 June 2015

New Question of the Day – Pounds of Formatting Fun

It’s been a while since I wrote a question of the day for SQLServerCentral. I wrote Pounds of Formatting Fun after running through the FORMAT function a few times as part of exam prep because it’s something I rarely(!) use. I’ll have to write more soon, crafting a good/useful question… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 2 June 2015

Notes on the May 27, 2015 PASS Town Hall

I attended the online Town Hall yesterday, the second one that PASS has held this year. The recording should be available soon (next week) for those that missed it. On to my thoughts:

  • Bravo to PASS for continuing to do this. More communication, more channels, I like the trend.
  • I…

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Posted in SQLAndy on 28 May 2015

Presenting To The Orlando .Net Users Group on June 11, 2015

I’ll be returning to ONETUG just less than a year from my last presentation, delivering technical content and evangelizing for SQLSaturday Orlando. My goal on technical content is get them to see SQL Server as a really, really interesting piece of software written by developers and that can do amazing… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 25 May 2015

Volunteer Strategy for SQLSaturday Orlando

I’ve been busy with other stuff lately and haven’t been able to put much time into this yet, but capturing a few thoughts from the past couple weeks:

  • I want to ask everyone else on the event team for their volunteer needs. Get them thinking of where volunteers can help.…

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Posted in SQLAndy on 19 May 2015

I’m Speaking at OPASS on May 28, 2015

I’ll be presenting Avoiding, Detecting, and Repairing Database Corruption and probably talking a little bit about career development during the warm up. If you’re in the Orlando area get all the details and register for the meeting at http://orlando.sqlpass.org/.

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Posted in SQLAndy on 18 May 2015

Still More Notes on the SQLSaturday Web Site–Registration

I’ll start by saying the intent of the notes isn’t to complain, at least too much. I’m looking for opportunities. It looks far nicer than v1/v2, but the functionality shown still tends to be a page per table/entity. I look at the app and think we could easily do 2x… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 18 May 2015

More Notes on the Updated SQLSaturday Web Site

A few things I had sitting in my draft folder:

  • Privacy policy has not updated since May 2009. I’d like to see it updated and make sure it clearly addresses raffle tickets/sharing with sponsors, connection to the local group.
  • I’d like to see SSL everywhere. No reason to not do…

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Posted in SQLAndy on 13 May 2015

Make Sure You’re Eligible to Vote in the 2015 PASS Election.

Per the post from Bill Graziano, if you want to vote in the 2015 election you have to make sure your PASS profile shows “eligible”. That means you need to login to sqlpass.org. I know you may not remember your password or your user name – spend 5 minutes… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 11 May 2015

Come Speak at SQLSaturday Orlando on October 10, 2015

It’s five months until SQLSaturday Orlando, have you thought about your speaking plans for October? We’d love to have you come talk to our attendees! We have 50+ slots we need to fill and we try to build a schedule with a wide assortment of topics and skill levels. Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 11 May 2015

Notes From SQLSaturday Jacksonville #391

Beautiful weather for a SQLSaturday! Everything went well, as expected but always appreciated. Just a few notes on this one:

  • They had one person dedicated to the donuts/coffee area, cleaning up empty boxes and helping point out which boxes had what kind. Nice service. Might be interesting to label the…

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Posted in SQLAndy on 11 May 2015

Watch The EngineerGuy–Great for Kids

Great explanation of some interesting engineering topics at http://www.engineerguy.com/.

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Posted in SQLAndy on 11 May 2015

WordPress, Project NAMI, and Azure

I’ve been running WordPress for years now and find it to be a solid solution for what I want to do. The only negative in my view is the requirement to use mySQL. There’s nothing wrong with mySQL itself, it more than does the job. I can quibble that it… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 16 December 2014

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